Peoria police officers will soon start to wear body cameras while on duty.
City officials voted to approve a five year deal for the equipment Tuesday at a council meeting. The equipment will cost roughly $325,000.
So far, there have been three officer-involved shootings this year.
Currently, the Peoria Police Department has seven officers equipped with the body cameras. But now, Peoria, Peoria County, East Peoria and park district officials will be required to wear them.
Each jurisdiction has to approve the deal separately.
Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell said he believes the equipment will be crucial for investigations and help with routine traffic stops.
“I use the magic word ‘legitimacy’ all the time and that’s what we have to do; we have to build trust in our community,” Asbell said. “This is what our community wants, this is actually what our law enforcement officers want. They want to have this recording device that will capture these incidents to prove or disprove.”
“We wanted to make sure that we were getting the best product because there will still be a lot of local dollars spent on this, in addition to the grant funding,” Asbell added.
The cameras are set to be in service by the end of fall.